Mission Highlights – Felix Baumgartner’s Supersonic Freefall From 128k
Felix Baumgartner has become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall while delivering valuable data for future space exploration. He broke the speed of sound by reaching an estimated speed of *833.9 mph (1,342.8 km/h) jumping from the stratosphere.
On Sunday morning, October 2012, Felix had climbed to 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) in a helium-filled balloon. Millions of people around the world watched his ascent and jump live on the television broadcasts and on the Internet.
Before this historic moment took place, Felix and his team spent five years in training and preparing for the mission which is designed to improve our scientific understanding of how the body copes with the extreme conditions near space.
“It was an incredible up and down today, just like it’s been with the whole project,” a relieved Baumgartner said.
He also said that they first got off with a beautiful launch and then they had a little drama with a power supply issue to their visor.
“The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I’d just spin a few times, but then I started to speed up. I didn’t feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be”, he added.